McGuinty Liberals Ignored 26 Red Flags in 2010 Report on Ornge
01 August 2012
(Queen’s Park) – Yet another document unearthed by the Legislative committee investigating the ongoing Ornge air ambulance scandal confirms that more than 26 red flags were raised in a report submitted to the Ministry of Finance in September, 2010 by the international management consulting firm, Meyers Norris Penny LLP.
The report warned the government to look into Ornge’s highly questionable corporate structure, non-compliance with the Performance Agreement and inadequate reporting mechanisms. It also called attention to suspicious decisions made by Ornge’s Board of Directors.
“At this point in time it’s impossible for the McGuinty Liberals to feign ignorance over what was happening at Ornge,” said PC Transportation Critic, Frank Klees. “It’s undeniable that the Minister of Health ignored numerous concerns and countless red flags about Ornge for at least two years.”
The report that was the focus of today’s hearing was commissioned by the Ministry of Finance in 2008. It listed 26 issues related to Ornge that the Ministry of Health was advised to address, including concerns about Ornge’s emerging corporate structure. By all accounts, the report was ignored by both the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance.
“Another day another document that exposes the incompetence of the Minster of Health” said Klees following the hearings. “The evidence continues to mount and sooner or later, this minister will have to admit that she failed in her responsibilities as a minister. She can no longer claim that she didn’t know. The only excuse left is that she refused to see what was obvious to everyone else.”